Christmas decorations sold on Hang Ma street - Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Director of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation Nguyen Lam extended Christmas and New Year greetings to Catholic dignitaries and followers in the northern provinces of Ninh Binh and Nam Dinh on December 21.

Visiting Ninh Binh’s Phat Diem diocese and Nam Dinh’s Bui Chu diocese, Lam affirmed that the Catholic community has contributed remarkably to the country’s socio-economic achievements, especially to the building of new-style rural areas and poverty reduction.

He affirmed that the Party and State have consistently respected and ensured the right to religion and belief freedom of all people and satisfied the legitimate needs of religious organisations and followers.

On the same day, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan also visited the Thanh Hoa diocese ahead of the upcoming Christmas holidays.-VNA